The Bharat Electronics Limited shipment in July “included a gun mount and an optical device”
New Delhi: Indian public sector unit (PSU) Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has exported a remote-controlled air defence station to Myanmar this July, an activists’ forum that monitors the Junta’s arms purchases has claimed, citing a New York-based global data trade company. The BEL falls under the Indian Ministry of Defence.
As per Panjiva, the BEL shipment in July “included a gun mount and an optical device”.
The news report quoting JFM said, “The shipment (by BEL) was made with full knowledge that the item can aid and abet the military’s ongoing atrocities.”
Citing the JFM statement that BEL “has made multiple shipments to Myanmar’s military for a coastal surveillance system since February 1 coup,” the report added, “The JFM said BEL has not responded to questions on its ongoing arms supplies to Myanmar’s military.”
As per the JFM, the listed value of the BEL’s air defence shipment is over $600,000 “and was probably purchased as a test run, potentially leading to a larger future purchase”.
The news report also highlighted that a month before the BEL shipment was exported to Myanmar, the Indian government abstained from voting on a UN general assembly resolution seeking a ban on arms sales to Myanmar.
JFM’s latest statement is a continuation of a statement released in June, in which it had said that BEL till then had sent to the Myanmarese military at least seven shipments which included electro-optic systems, radar video extractor receivers, VHF communications systems, graphics processors, workstation hardware, server storage and batteries.